Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tell Me About it Tuesday WELCOMES Jeanette Vaughan!

Today I have a lovely author that I met at LexiCon last year, a local conference I attended with one of my besties. We had a BLAST and will defo go back this year!


Meet Jeanette!


Jeanette Vaughan is an award winning writer and story teller. Not only is she published in the periodicals and professional journals of nursing, but also in the genre of fiction. Out on her sheep farm, she has written several novels and scripts. Her screenplay "Angel of Mercy" won the outstanding nursing research award from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. In addition, she was named Distinguished Alumni for the school of nursing in 2001 for her written work and volunteerism for the Sydney Olympic Games. Jeanette has practiced nursing in the fields of critical care and trauma. She is the mother of four children, including two Navy pilots. She lives in a Victorian farmhouse out in the pastures of northeast Texas with her sheep, chickens, donkeys and sheep dogs.


Q.  How has your journey in publishing been? Anything you would or wouldn't do again?

It took me until age 50 to give myself permission to write what it was that I wanted to write.   I had been published in my healthcare field since age 21.   But those articles and research were always about someone else’s agenda.   Not the subjects about which I was passionate.   Passion makes for great writing.   Thank goodness for an academic Dean who asked me the most profound question?    Jeanette, when are you going to give yourself the green light to write what you love.    At age 50, I did exactly that.    The result?   Two award winning novels so far.   More to come.

Q. What made you pick your particular genre?

As a baby boomer, I can totally relate to the 60s and 70s.  They were special times of radical change in our nuclear middle class existence.   Because of that, I adore that time period.   Average people challenging the norm.    The boomer generation definitely has me hooked!


Q. What are you working on right now? Can you tell us about it?  

I am most proud to say that I have recently completed the manuscript for the finale to my “Flying Solo” trilogy.   All the questions from the first two books are answered.   I am humbled to admit that the wife of the A-4 Skyhawk pilot whose writings helped shape SOLO VIETNAM was so enthralled with the books, that she has requested that I turn US MAC Captain Robert Lathrop’s manuscripts into a full length novel.  I am honored to confirm that will be my fourth historical fiction.
  
Q. Do you have a favorite story of the ones you’ve written, either published or not? Why?

I was captivated by the stalwart courage of my protagonist.   Although fiction, my works can be considered faction.  I knew the strong willed woman about whom my stories are written.  She was an amazing person – able to make difficult decisions that might not be the cultural norm.   That to me is fascinating and honorable.   I admire her courage and strength.   Could you?  Would you steal a plane to get your children back?  She did.   Just read FLYING SOLO.


Okay...enough with the business questions! How about some fun stuff?


Q. If you won the lottery, what is the FIRST thing you’d do?

What would you buy and why?   First I would buy a brand new wheelchair access van for my son Harrison…souped up just like he wants it.  He is my road trip companion.   But we need the wheels to do it.    Then, I would pay off my farm house as to keep it in the family.   Then…I would book tickets for an around the world trip. . .including my favorite places on earth…..Australia, Africa and Europe.    They are all on my son’s bucket list.

Q. When YOU read, what do you like to pick up?

I love historical fiction set in the baby boomer years.   It is called “Boomer Lit.”  But I also like to read about Elizabethan England;  the twenties; and any other autobiographical works of strong women who change their corner of the world.  Scruples…anyone?

Q. Tell us one thing about you that might surprise us...it can be a secret...we won't tell. :)


Although I love the big city life of Dallas, I am a country girl at heart.  I love feeding my chickens, watching a sunset from my gazebo, and seeing my sheep grazing out in the pasture.  Ah…pure relaxation and heaven.    Have you ever skinny dipped in a hot tub and there weren’t people around for miles?



Jeanette has TWO books to share with us! looks like some 
AWESOME reads!




A French Cajun Aviatrix. An A-4 Skyhawk pilot. Vietnam. Nora Broussard dares to earn her wings gaining liberty. Despite the heroics, her heart remains unrequited and broken. When she finds out her star-crossed lover is now free, yet thousands of miles away from New Orleans flying bombing missions in Vietnam, nothing will keep her away. The U.S. government won’t let her fly combat in a war zone, so she uses her next best assets – her vamp and her voice. Traveling with Bob Hope as a torch singing USO girl, she is thrust into the perils of the 1968 Tet Offensive. As mortar attacks and napalm shake her to the core, she quickly realizes the short-sightedness of her decision to stay and manage a USO club. The shocking realities of a senseless war catapult her values into place. But is it too late? When Steve is shot down over Laos and listed MIA, Nora is forced to accept one of life’s greatest lessons.






French Cajun Nora Broussard Greenwood was born with the wanderlust. Her adventurous spirit doesn’t fit the sedate expectations of catholic 1960s New Orleans suburbia. On a whim, she takes flying lessons to become a pilot. Experiencing the freedom of flight is liberating. However an illicit affair with her pilot instructor forces action. When she confronts her ruthless husband for a divorce, she is cast out sans her children and threatened with her life. Desperate to get them back and gain liberty, she steals her husband’s plane. Trials and tribulations erupt as she navigates the turbulence her life has become. In a bizarre twist of fate, she serves as caregiver to her lover’s sickly wife as a means to survive; hoping he will decide she is his soul mate. But is that to be? Nora must make the make the most difficult decision of her life in order to get things back on track.





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Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Feature: COVER REVEAL! Jo-Anna Walker's REVEALED BY YOU!

So my bestie is at it again!  She has ANOTHER upcoming release and is here today to share the cover!










Synopsis:

The sharp edge of love…
Brett MacLean was possessive. Even more since I became his. He was my desire…my ultimate pleasure…he was mine.
As each day passed, he revealed a part of himself that had lain dormant. A broken childhood. A troubled man. One I was determined to help.
After months together, I thought I knew him. But soon realized I was wrong. His dark secrets were only the beginning. The past was more disturbing than I ever could have fathomed.
His deep seeded need for me came with a price that could have consequences. I needed him just as much. Because of this, we would be tested. My greatest fear was that it would take us beyond the limits of our love.








About The Author:
When Jo-Anna isn't working her Monday-Friday 9-5 job, she's spending her time reading, writing and with the love of her life.
She's an all-around Canadian girl. Born and raised in a small city.
If you don't see Jo-Anna writing, you'll find her with her nose in a book. Whether it's her words or someone else's, she's drawn to it.
Jo-Anna loves stories with Alpha broken males and that need to be ripped apart and put back together again. Men that fall to their knees over a wink or a giggle from their females.
Two things you will never find Jo-Anna without; her cell phone and lip gloss. If she has both of those items, you have a happy girl.
Since starting her writing adventure in 2013, Jo-Anna has met many people, real life, online, in her head and she loves every single one of them. Without the support from others, none of this would be possible and she's grateful for all that has been given to her.
To learn more, visit Jo-Anna on her blog, on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreadsand Pinterest.
Jo-Anna Walker is also author of Break Me, Always Me, Remember Me, In the Heart of Forever (A Heart Story) and Possessed by Youand Uncomplicatedthat she co-wrote with Dawn Robertson.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tell Me About it Tuesday Welcomes EriK Clarke!

I'm super stoked to have Erik Clarke here today! He's a fellow TB author and his books look so good! I have to admit I haven't read one yet, but I will!


Meet Erik!
Erik Clarke is still trying to figure out how to balance work, school, writing, and the ever-elusive “social life”. He’s also still trying to figure out when the outlandish plots and crazy characters he’d scribbled into the margins of his notebooks for years somehow coalesced into an actual novel.

Born in Ohio and now struggling through the constant love/hate relationship that is living in the beautiful but sweltering Arizona landscape, Erik is thankful every day for the incredible, supportive family and friends that surround him—and for the sheer joy that writing two characters to their happily ever after can bring.



Q. What made you pick your particular genre?

I write paranormal erotica books, and it’s one of my favorite genres to read, too. I just love the freedom of it—contemporary books are great too, but in paranormal/fantasy, with all the magic and the mystery, you can really take stories in crazy directions that real life could never offer. It’s really rewarding to be able to create a whole new world, governed by rules that you create, and then fill it up with interesting and new people. Plus, it can be a lot of fun to take these big outlandish worlds and plots and then see how they hold up when you ground them in something very real, like a struggling relationship. Overarching themes like that can have a place in any genre, and it’s interesting to see how each particular one puts its new spin on the old tropes.

Q. What are you working on right now? Can you tell us about it?

Right now, I’m finishing up Wonder, the third book in the Spellbound series. Among other things, it helps tie up a lot of the loose ends that have been left behind from the two books that came before it, Night and Monster. It’ll follow a character who’s new to the series, but a lot of the people from the other two books will crossover, including his love interest, Adam Harkin. I added Adam as a secondary character in Night, but I’ve loved him ever since, so now he finally gets to have his shot at a romance this time around! It’s got a lot of mystery and action, which was a lot of fun to write.

Q. Do you have a favorite story of the ones you’ve written, either published or not? Why?

I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Night, because it was the first book I actually managed to finish and the first to get published, but honestly my favorite would have to be Monster, the second book in that same series. In a lot of ways I made it almost as a response to the first book—the main character, Syler, is very different from Cole of book one. Initially, he’s completely irreverent, basically an asshole, but to my own surprise as I was writing him, it turns out to really just be something of a mask for a lot of very real, deep seated problems he has, and there’s a good guy under all the B.S. That was fun to write, which really helped lock it in as my favorite.

Q. When YOU read, what do you like to pick up?

My tastes run the gamut from science fiction to fantasy to historical, and in terms of romance books that I read, it gets even more broad. Most of what I read actually isn’t romantically-minded, but when it is, my only real requirement is that the struggle between the two characters be at the forefront. Although as a sidenote, any romance where one of the characters has some social anxiety issues draws me in immediately, since watching them get their act together is cathartic and encouraging given my own. Yay introverts!

Q. Tell us one thing about you that might surprise us...it can be a secret...we won't tell. :)

I have a completely unhealthy obsession with American flag apparel. Honestly, I have two shirts, a hat, a wallet, swim-trunks, and shoes that are all full-on stars and stripes. The hat in particular gets lots of mileage. It’s a relatively new problem of mine, but I’m already having to actively stop myself from getting more stuff before my entire wardrobe turns patriotic.


The American Flag seriously made me laugh. :)

My fave part: TELL US ABOUT that book! The cover is GORGEOUS!

Night is the first book in the Spellbound paranormal erotic romance series. It follows the life of a Seer, Cole, after a gift from his friend Luke turns his life upside down. It was a lot of fun to write, mostly because I got to put the main character in such a bind—the ‘gift’ gives him an Incubus’s appeal, and he’s suddenly thrust into this situation where everyone, including Luke, wants a piece of him and he has no idea how to respond. It’s the first novel I actually managed to finish, and I hope everyone gets as much of a kick out of reading it as I did by writing it. It opens up a whole magical world full of all kinds of different creatures and adventures (not to mention some hot romance), and I can’t wait to get deeper into the series and the characters.






Blurb:


Given the powers of an Incubus, could you resist the urge to take the one man you’ve always secretly wanted?

Sex makes the world go round, right?

Or so it seems to Cole Turner, a Seer who can See everyone’s future except his own, when a gift from his Dreamwalking best friend Luke turns his world upside down. Overnight, Cole gains all the allure of an Incubus, drawing suitors to him like moths to a flame. But after a few days of reveling in the fun, reality takes a turn: the mysterious drug he took, known only as “Night”, had to come from someone, and that someone is pissed, on a homicidal scale. Each sexual encounter makes Cole’s attraction grow stronger, making it ever-more difficult to just walk outside. And Luke, the Seer’s go-to in times of need, now wants him like everyone else, a point made even worse by the secret desires Cole has for the friend he had always assumed was straight.

Swamped in sex, powerless to See if the future holds any hope for salvation, and at constant risk of losing both his best friend and his life,  Cole is about to find out if he’s strong enough to beat the Night racing through his system—and if his relationship with Luke is strong enough to survive it as well.






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Monday, March 24, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Hop. Process? WHAT the HECK is that? #AMWriting

So, my friend and fellow TB author, Noelle Keaton tagged me in a writing process blog. Kinda funny cuz most of the time I don't think I have one. LOL.

I have been writing for most of my life, and so fat every book has been different for me. So here I go...






Hmmm, when I think about those three little words, I get kinda stumped, because for a long time I wasn’t sure if I even had a writing process.
I think as a writer, everyone does things differently, but more than that, there is no right or wrong way. It’s all in how you want to do it. Whatever works for you.
Every book tends to vary for me. My process grows and changes. The only things consistent are the tendency to freak out (my friends will laugh at me and attest to this) and that my self-confidence lives on a roller coaster throughout the life of the MS. (This is normal, right?)
I’m working on a few things at the moment. Collision Control (Crossing Forces Book Four) which is actually about wrapped up (thank GOD…I had 2nd book syndrome with it the whole way through, but THAT is another blog post).
On deck (and I already started it) is The Fae Ring which is the 2nd book in my *new* Highland Secrets Trilogy. I really can’t wait to hunker down and get to working on this one. Book One, The Tartan MP3 Player COMES OUT TOMORROW! YAY! (But it is available for pre-order everywhere)
I write what I feel. Always have, probably always will, but I think my stuff can be like other books in the genres I write as well as different. I would like to think it’s the best of the best (of course…LOL).
If even one person (okay, more than one is better) says they like what I write, I’m satisfied as an author. Bottom line I won’t ever stop writing/publishing so I hope a lot of people love my stuff like I do, really.
I have always been a fantasy child. Even when I was really little, I always made up my own worlds in my head, and I grew up reading the greats, so the genre comes naturally to me. On the other hand, I have always loved cop stuff, and I have a background in it, work in the court and am surrounded by cops, so romantic suspense comes naturally to me, too.
So when a story occurs to me, I will always write it. But I also have paranormal and YAs floating around on my computer. They’re a “someday” for me. I guess I’m not picky. I always write what I feel—no matter what it is. J
As for the process itself, as I mentioned, it varies for me but I am a pantser—I write by the seat of my pants. I don’t plan much, I just write. I like to see the characters and the story unfold for me as I write.
Really, the characters tell it. I navigate. Then again, sometimes they throw me for a loop. When I get something wrong, believe me. They tell me.
My process will grow and change as I go on, I think. I guess that doesn’t matter as long as I keep writing.



Next up, with her post March 31, 2014 is the lovely Lavender Daye. Here’s her newest release!



Bio:
Lavender lives in Texas with her own private Prince Charming, two kids, two cats and a large brown rug, uh, dog. She spends her days writing sexy contemporary romance, sometimes adding a hint of suspense or tossing in a little dominance and submission.
 A member of RWA, she took first place in the Great Expectations Contest in 2011 for Bound by Trust.
 
When she’s not writing or reading great romance novels, she can be found in the kitchen baking, usually with chocolate. Find her on facebook or the other sites she inhabits in her spare time by following these links:






Blurb:

Mark Harrison inherited a thriving oil business and built an empire that allows him to indulge in his hobbies, predominantly BDSM. He’s opened a new club in northern Texas, a private playground for adults.

When a young lady asks to base her college paper on the BDSM lifestyle, Mark reluctantly agrees, only because she’s the friend of a friend.

Kellie Windsor is determined to uncover a training ground for abusive men inside the new bondage club south of Dallas and scoring a meeting with the owner insured her success. When he offers to treat her as his submissive to help her understand the scene, she reluctantly agrees.
It doesn’t take long for her to toss out her painful expectations and enjoy Mark’s dominance. But there are a couple of little problems. He doesn’t know about the paper she’d planned to write or the ex-boyfriend she wants to avoid.




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